5 times politicians embarrassed bands by claiming to be their fans
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Hip hop, pack up your mics and turntables, it’s over.

George Osborne has signalled the end of the genre by claiming to be a fan of N.W.A.

Yes, that’s the Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, saying he’s a fan of Dr Dre and Ice Cube’s seminal LA group, responsible for hits like ‘Fuck tha Police’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton’.

The man most likely to replace David Cameron made this revelation in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, saying that he went to see the Compton crew at London’s Brixton Academy in the early 1990s, a gig he ranks in his top five, alongside the Rolling Stones, Monty Python Live, Billy Joel and a production of the opera Tristan & Isolde.

Nowadays he’s moved on from his rebellious music past, preferring the more soothing sounds of Sufjan Stevens and Bach.

But Osborne is only the latest in a long line of politicians co-opting music in an effort to enhance their image.

Here are five more toe-curling examples…

Ken Clarke on the Spice Girls, 1998

In 1998, Clarke began a speech by saying “I’ll tell you want I want, what I really, really want” in reference to the Spice Girls hit ‘Wannabe’. Cringe.

Gordon Brown on Arctic Monkeys, 2006

Gordon Brown professed his admiration for Alex Turner in an interview in 2006, saying they “really wake you up in the morning”, but could not identify any of their songs when pressed on the matter. Oh dear.

David Cameron on The Smiths, 2006

The PM chose ‘This Charming Man’ as part of his Desert Island Discs appearance in 2006. Guitarist Johnny Marr later said that he “forbid” Cameron to like their music. Morrissey backed Marr’s stance, writing:

“It is true that music is a universal language – the ONLY universal language, and belongs to all, one way or another. However, with fitting grimness I must report that David Cameron hunts and shoots and kills stags – apparently for pleasure. It was not for such people that either Meat is Murder or The Queen is Dead were recorded; in fact they were made as a reaction against such violence.”

David Cameron on London Grammar, 2014

Asked who he would choose if he were to select his own bill to showcase British music in America, Cameron said: “Well, when we had the White House dinner in Washington we had Mumford and Sons, which was great because it was before their album got really big. But who I really like right now is London Grammar. I think they are brilliant. So if I could do it again I’d have them.”

Donald Trump uses R.E.M. song, 2015

OK, so he never said he was an R.E.M. fan, but during a Washington, D.C. rally, where Trump attacked President Obama’s latest nuclear deal with Iran, the moronic Presidential candidate used ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It’.

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe replied to politicians in general: “Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you – you sad, attention grabbing, power hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”